The question of climate change and flying has arisen for me again, based on some questions asked by other people.
While it has been extensively discussed on this site, the relevant posts are scattered and not easy for someone new to find. To remedy that – and to create a central thread for any future discussion – I am listing them here in chronological order:
- The trouble with jets
- Vancouver ticket booked
- A partial defence of carbon offsets
- You must do the heaviest / So many shall do none
- Westjet v. The Canadian
- Air travel and carbon capture
- Air travel and looting
- Air travel and the end of oil
- Is it ethical to fly?
- May on the train
- Graduating from Oxford
- Visiting Vancouver in summer 2009, by land?
- The sociology of avoiding travel, due to climate change
- Re-pondering a low-carbon cross country voyage
My last air travel experience was when I visited Vancouver from 22 December 2009 to 7 January 2010. Since then, the choice not to fly because of its climate change impact has affected every aspect of my life, from the aspiration to see other places, to professional development at work and in school, to relations with family and friends, to loss of relationships with friends and instuctors at Oxford and UBC, to limiting opportunities to participate in activist actions and training.
I think it’s important to draw attention to the highly destructive behaviours which people have normalized and come to perceive as inevitable. In the long run, if humanity is to bring climate change under control, we are all probably going to travel a lot less, a lot more slowly, and for much more important reasons.